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Trafalgar Great Italian Cities Winter 2019 2020 (WGIC)

10 Days from Rome to Venice Print
Tour Style: At Leisure
AWS Europe and Britain 1920
Visits: Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Bologna, Realto Bridge, Italy

Explore Italy's café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture - all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna and Venice
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market, with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • VISIT the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • VIEW Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)
You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the Eternal City of Rome. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with an orientation drive. Tonight we stay at Hotel Victoria - built in 1899 and one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' in the heart of Rome's historic centre.
Day: 2 Rome Sightseeing
We embark on a very special included 'Dive Into Culture' sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist at the Vatican Museums. Admire the astonishing works of great men who were said to have been inspired by the divine. See Bramante's spiral staircase, the magnificent frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the serene Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà during our visit to St. Peter's Basilica. We tread in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, merchants and royalty, crossing the Tiber River into Imperial Rome to visit the ancient Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. Imagine crowds of enthusiastic onlookers cheering their chariot racers to victory at the Circus Maximus before taking the rest of the afternoon spent at leisure discovering more of the city or relaxing at a pavement café and watching the frenetic pace of Rome.
Day: 3 Rome At Leisure
The narrow lanes and expansive piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the fascinating history of Pompeii.
Day: 4 Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)
We journey north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Your Local Specialist will take you to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint where we will see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence.
Day: 5 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic centre of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici at every turn.
Day: 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa
After free time in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Your unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening as you 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner, joining Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate that has featured in many famous films.
Day: 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)
Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi before dining tonight at your hotel.
Day: 8 Venice Canal Cruise, Orientation and Free Time
'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Savour the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day: 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market
Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today when we join a Local Specialist for a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. During a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge where we will join a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, where all the flavours of Italy come to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calli of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's great Italian cities comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day: 10 Depart Venice
For now it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavours. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Guaranteed Departure 11/01/2019 $2,350.00
Guaranteed Departure 11/08/2019 $2,195.00
Guaranteed Departure 11/15/2019 $2,150.00
Guaranteed Departure 11/22/2019 $2,150.00
11/29/2019 $2,150.00
Guaranteed Departure 12/06/2019 $2,150.00
Guaranteed Departure 12/22/2019 $2,375.00
12/25/2019 $2,425.00
01/03/2020 $1,995.00
01/17/2020 $1,995.00
01/24/2020 $1,825.00
01/31/2020 $2,025.00
02/07/2020 $2,025.00
02/21/2020 $2,025.00
02/28/2020 $2,025.00
03/06/2020 $2,025.00
Guaranteed Departure 03/13/2020 $2,025.00
Guaranteed Departure 03/20/2020 $2,150.00
Guaranteed Departure 03/27/2020 $2,275.00
Guaranteed Departure 04/03/2020 $2,475.00
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